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Aaron's, Inc. Responds to Lawsuit


ATLANTA, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), the nation's leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential furniture, consumer electronics and home appliances and accessories, said today that a lawsuit filed by a Wyoming couple regarding a violation of privacy relating to a computer they rented from an Aaron's franchise store is without merit against Aaron's, Inc.

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The Company believes that none of its over 1,140 Company-operated stores have used the product developed or provided by PC Rental Agent or Designerware LLC, the two vendors named in the lawsuit, and neither vendor is approved or have done any business with Aaron's, Inc.

Aaron's, Inc. respects its customers' privacy and has not authorized any of its corporate stores to install software that can activate a customer's webcam, capture screenshots, or track keystrokes. The named plaintiffs leased the computer at issue from an independently owned and operated franchisee. Aaron's, Inc. intends to vigorously defend itself against these allegations.

Aaron's, Inc., based in Atlanta, currently has more than 1,830 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada. The Company also manufactures furniture and bedding at 12 facilities in seven states.

SOURCE Aaron's, Inc.

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